There was a chapter in my life where I was pre occupied with work/study and books. Boys also crossed my mind but they were too complicated to understand, so I settled for books.
I really love reading.
When I was a kid, we have a mini library in our house so I was trained to be a geek early. If my family were not traveling, I was either going around the village with my bike, or I was spending time reading children’s books.
I lost the art of reading temporarily when I was a yuppie because computer programming took up a large chunk of my brain. The hobby resurrected when I became a volunteer in Kolkata, India, when out of boredom, I read the thickest book I can read while waiting for my wee allowance.
Books and Solo Travel are my refuge.
I got to discover The Thousand Splendid Suns, the Little Prince, and Like a Flowing River.
This year, I want to go back to reading and need to start writing more. I’m focusing on creating a sustainable lifestyle so others can follow too so the books I should read needs to be related to this area of expertise.
And while building that ideal life, I want to read the following books. Feel free to gift them to me too
The Richest Man in Babylon
I have started reading this. The wordings are a bit ancient but they say accumulation of wealth is not new and it has been practiced since ages ago.. The secrets to financial wisdom are revealed in the book. I will let you know once I finish reading the book if the principles are indeed effective.
There are more financial books on queue. And I have read a few already. My favorites are – Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
I’ve been improving and have started investing in different income streams. Let’s see what the future holds.. I still get anxiety attacks now that I let go of some projects that is not serving my purpose but I’m sure it’s for the better. Possibilities are endless.
Aside from financial books, I also would like to read about how people achieved success in the new economy.. Success not only in terms of money but also measure other factors of life like happiness and health. Some on my lists are:
The Monk who sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
The book is a business fable derived from Sharma’s personal experiences after leaving his career as a litigation lawyer. It revolves on a story of a lawyer that became a monk after a achieving a spiritual journey in the Himalayas.. and so he sold his richness including a holiday home and a Ferrari.
At this present moment, it’s difficult to persuade people if you don’t have materialistic richness. Heck I see modern day monks with high tech gadgets like ipad and macbooks… my naughty sarcastic psyche wants me to be a monk so I can have ipad and macbook donations too.
Kidding aside, I still would like to read the book. Then see if the wisdom is applicable in the current society.
The Abundance of Less: Lessons in simple living from Rural Japan by Andy Andy Couturier
I definitely want to read this. Japan is known to be so technologically advance, yet the savvy society created stress in its people too.
And then there were wise people who chose the road less traveled and discovered the luxury hidden by having a simple lifestyle.
Originals: How non conformists move the world by Adam Grant
The book talks about folks who take time to investigate and deploy an alternative are more predisposed to innovation. To become original, to choose novel ideas and values to battle conformity and outdated traditions is presented in the book. I would love this book coz I’m a misfit anyway.
There are still lots on queue but I guess it needs to wait while my brain digest the books in the list I mentioned above first.
To be honest, I’m contemplating to go back to study. Just to exercise my right brain. For those looking to go back to have their postgraduate degree, you can lookup free dissertation samples to plan ahead.
I might study in another country so it can also be an excuse for me to travel as well. I’m excited on the possibility to explore and make new friends in a new country, let’s see what the future holds.